Asking a photographer what kind of camera they use, in hopes that tool can make you equally as proficient is like asking Shakespeare what kind of pen he used. It’s not the tool, per se, that makes greatness, it’s how you use it.
“The best camera is the one you have on you,” is a refrain echoed by photographers around the world. More often than not, that camera is a smartphone, and the kind of photos you can learn to take with it will have you ditching the DSLR for a number of reasons.
SHOT ON IPHONE
We took a family trip across Europe in the summer of 2019, and as I was packing as minimally as possible for the two-week trip, I cut down on the shoes in my bag to make sure I could fit the four lenses and Canon body into my the suitcase.
For 14 days I dragged that bag across Ireland, Rome, and Paris. I put on a day pack and carried the lenses around and when it came to take a photo – I reached into my pocket and pulled out my iPhone 8 more times than I swung the pack around and cranked the focus ring on my DSLR.
The best example of how this worked came to light when Westjet Magazine approached me to publish a photo I had posted on Instagram from our trip. It’s the iconic view through the clock window at Musee D’Orsay with my family in silhouette.
I had taken a few snaps with my Canon, but I also fired some off the phone. The photo that was published across the entire Westjet fleet in February 2020 was #ShotOniPhone.
The same thing happened on our next family vacation to Mexico this winter. I packed the camera and barely used it. Snapping sunrise pics with my iPhone worked just fine/
Are you ready to ditch the DSLR, or maybe just harness the incredible power of these new smartphone cameras to take incredible pictures worthy of publishing?
Armed with a new iPhone 11 Pro Max, I headed off to Lake Louise to take in the Pond Hockey Classic surrounded by other incredible creators. We learned, experimented, and took some great pictures.
Here’s how you can take great photos with the best camera – the one you have on you, in my case, iPhone 11 Pro Max.
iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY IS PHOTOGRAPHY
The same rules for general photography apply to iPhone photography. Simple things like working with light, embracing the flat light of an overcast day, and changing your perspective.
iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
Use Burst mode for action shots – The best way to capture action shots is with Burst Mode because it allows you to capture multiple shots as your subject moves. Just keep your finger pressed down on the shutter button while the subject moves through the scene. Once you’ve taken a set of burst photos, you can then select the best shots from the action sequence.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF iPHONE 11 AND iPHONE 11 PRO
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What a trip to Lake Louise! #shotoniphone #shotoniphone11pro
The best camera you can own is the one you have on you and when it fits in your pocket, it’s even better. Follow #ShotOniPhone and #ShotOniPhone11Pro on Twitter and Instagram to get more inspiration to take better pictures this year!
Disclosure: My accommodations at Lake Louise were complimentary to allow coverage of the event.
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